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Published on October 15th, 2009 | by Lucille Chi

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Alkaline Eating for Better Body Chemistry, PH Levels, and Overall Health

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Going to a body and nutrition expert with my husband is one of the best things we’ve done for ourselves. What was the key take away? Warning! Turn Alkaline!

Turn Alkaline? Are we magicians? Well according to biochemists we are! You can change your body chemistry with what you eat!

Chemicals have seeped into foods, air, and water, which in turn lower our system’s ability to control the chemistry of our body fluids, increasing illness and chronic disease.

The sad fact is that most food consumption in the wealthiest nations has shifted from nutritious raw foods to low nutritional value processed foods and we need to shift it back. Now that our total biological terrain is at risk, we urgently need to do some clean up by shifting our body chemistry back to the raw, organic foods it was designed to function on as we’ve evolved.

Below I’ve listed out a quick list of the good foods (alkaline) to treat your body to often…

Overall, our body needs balanced quantities of alkaline substances and acids. Imbalance can result in health problems ranging from headaches, depression, arthritis, back pain, ulcers, and osteoporosis to minor skin irritations, and chronic fatigue.

“Most people consume an abundance of highly processed foods that acidify the body and, as a result, are afflicted with many of these ailments and a simple change in diet to restore your acid-alkaline balance to result in a vast improvement in health.” ~Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health

Here is a list of Alkaline foods:

(Please note that organics have a higher alkaline content)

Vegetables

  • Cucumber
  • Alfalfa
  • Wheat Grass
  • Soy Sprouts
  • Sprouted Chia Seeds
  • Sprouted Radish Seeds
  • Barley Grass
  • Soy Sprouts
  • Dandelion
  • Cabbage
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Endive
  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Lamb’s Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Spinach
  • Sorrel
  • Watercress
  • Red Cabbage
  • Spicy and Sweet Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Peas

Root Vegetables:

  • Summer Black Radish
  • Red Radish
  • Beet
  • Carrot
  • Horseradish
  • Turnip
  • Kohlrabi
  • Rutabaga
  • Potatoes
  • Asparagus

Fruits:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit (all acidic citrus turns alkaline in the body)
  • Oranges
  • Pomelo
  • Strawberry
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Papaya
  • Tropical Fruit (Most fruits balance to alkaline if consumed moderately)

Non-Stored Organic Grains And Legumes:

  • Lima Beans
  • Soy Nuts
  • Soybeans, Fresh
  • White Beans (Navy Beans)
  • Granulated Soy (ground and cooked Soy Beans)
  • Soy Flour
  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Buckwheat Groats
  • Spelt

Nuts:

  • Almonds (soaked overnight boosts their alkalinity)
  • Brazil Nuts

Seeds:

  • Wheat Kernel
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

Here is an Acidic food list:

(Please note that these are to be consumed scarcely or not at all when on the alkaline diet)

Acid Protein: Beef, Buttermilk, Milk, Cream, Chicken, Clams, Cottage cheese, Crab, Duck, Eggs, Goose, Lamb, Lobster, Nuts, Oyster, Pork, Raw sugar, Shrimp, Turkey, Veal (all animal products produce acid build up in the body)

Starch: Barley, Beans, Bread, Cereals, Chestnuts, Corn, Cornmeal, Crackers, Cornstarch, Grapenuts, Gluten flour, Lentils, Macaroni, Oatmeal, Peanuts, Rice, Rye flour, Sauerkraut, Tapioca

Acidic Fruit: Prunes, Cranberries, Plums, (and some say) Blueberries.

Neutral Foods: Avocado, Olive Oil, Sesame, Coconut, Soy, Sunflower Oil, Safflower Oil, Sweet potatoes, Millet.

The list is longer and differs from individual to individual, yet this will give you an idea of what to look for at the market. Drinking plenty of water (there are water alkalizers available too) is always important. All fresh juices and health elixirs like Kombucha have high alkaline concentrations. This alkaline diet is recommended for those recovering from illnesses that range from simple colds to serious cancer.

It seems obvious, that fresh fruits and vegetables are good for you, yet when we research deeper we see that certain foods can make the body grin, smile and jump for joy. A cucumber, for example, rates at the top of the alkaline scale, whereas lettuce falls low on the scale. So try a fun cucumber salad, next time your feeling sluggish and see if it gives your body the healthy boost it needed.

If you are off-balance then shift to an 80 percent alkaline and twenty percent acidic diet for re-balancing. Over the next few posts, I will be sharing some alkaline recipes that have nourished us back into balance.

Above image is in the public domain.



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About the Author

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level. Sustainability studies: PresidioMBA.org & B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science. Contact: lucillechi (at) gmail.com



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